Ramos Pinto Quinta de Ervamoira 10-Year Tawny
December 31, 2018, James Molesworth
“Pretty, with sandalwood, warm raisin and toffee hints weaving around a core of gently mulled cherry and plum fruit flavors. The sandalwood edge extends through the stylish finish. Drink now. 687 cases imported.”
Wine & Spirits
“In 1974, Ramos Pinto purchased this property in the far-eastern Douro Superior, where João Nicolau de Almeida researched what would become the five recommended varieties for planting in the Douro. Four of those varieties—touriga nacional, touriga franca, tinta roriz and tinta barroca—produce this single-quinta Tawny, a wine that shows the arid heat of the region in its notes of figs and pear liqueur. With its tart apple acidity and walnut-like tannins providing focus and structure, it’s a clean and simple pleasure for a cheese plate.”
Ramos Pinto makes several single-quinta ports, capturing the special qualities of each vineyard in the wine. Quinta de Ervamoira is located in the Douro Superior, situated on the left bank of the Douro River where it meets the Côa River, and is the winery's experimental vineyard. Here, 240 acres of vines are planted vertically, a departure from the traditional terraced rows stepping horizontally up the steep slopes rising from the river. Vertical planting allows closer spacing of vines, which results in less fruit per plant but more concentrated fruit flavors. Per-vine production is decreased while overall production by hectare goes up. Like most of the land along the Douro, the soil at Ervamoira is schistous and very poor.
Made from high quality wines of the Quinta de Ervamoira by blending harvests of, on average, 10 different years. The new wines make it robust and fresh while the oldest wines give it complexity and lineage. Its characteristic aroma and palate are the result of the artistry achieved by our winemaker.
This Port is orange-red in color with a touch of green. It has a well-rounded, generous aroma and the wine’s fruit aromas include orange, apricot and plum. Vanilla and old Port wine casks make up its woody aromas. This is a fruity tawny variety. In the mouth, one can still taste the fresh fruit surrounded by the ageing in wood. There is good structure and perfect balance between fruit and alcohol. The attack on the palate is smooth and full-bodied. Following the initial oily feel, a fresh, soft fruitiness appears that finishes with a slightly acidic, woody note.
This Port pairs well with conch salad with tomato and onion, and with desserts made with dried fruit and nuts, orange marmalade and eggs. Serve between 14º and 18º C. Store the bottle upright, in a cool, dry and dark place.
Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Wine Alcohol: 20%
Titratable Acidity: 4.06 g/l
Residual Sugar: 106 g/l
Aging: Aged in wood for 10 years
Suggested Retail Price: $40.00